The Top 31 Books About The Stars

Updated Feb. 25, 2019

"Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might..." find the best books about stars, so bright!

No need to wish upon a star any longer, the list of the best children's books about stars is here and ready for your enjoyment! Learn about the constellations, read star-based stories, and delight in the night's sky with these top picks.

Dream Away book
#1
Dream Away
Written by Katie Belle Trupiano, Julia Durango and illustrated by Robert Goldstrom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

Dream Away is one of my very favorite picture books. The beautiful rhyming books is not overworked and the rhymes flow nicely from one page to the next. The book captures this wonderful idea of a father reading a bedtime story to his son as the son slowly drifts off into sleep among the stars, where he sees a bunny, an archer, and a dragon, each representative of some of the popular constellations. Through their flight on a large paper boat, the boy and his father encounter all sorts of interesting things in the sky, and it isn't until the end that you learn that many of these objects sit as toys on the chair, the dresser, the floor. The illustrations are inventive and sweet, and I think the whole book just blends very nicely.

Dream away, dream away, sleepyhead, love Set sail for the ocean of stars up above. You be the captain and I'll be your mate. We'll journey together, the heavens await. From author Julia Durango and new illustrator Robert Goldstrom, a story of the dreams that are possible as you drift to sleep. A father and son venture into a dream and encounter some new and familiar faces and along the way discover the possibilities the universe can hold. Accompanied by Robert Goldstrom's sweeping paintings, Dream Away is the perfect combination of dreams and reality.

Always Neverland book
#2
Always Neverland
Written by Zoe Barton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Move over, Wendy Darling. There's a new girl in Neverland! Swimming with mermaids, fighting off pirates, and befriending Tiger Lily is all Ashley can think about when she finds Peter Pan in her room one night. With a pinch of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, she follows him all the way to Neverland. But Ashley's plans for adventure are thwarted when Peter and the Lost Boys expect her to be the new "Wendy girl" and help with the spring cleaning. Spring cleaning? This is not what Ashley has in mind! Will Ashley win them over?

Touch the Brightest Star book
#3
Touch the Brightest Star
Written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love this bedtime book. I love the interactive elements of touching the book, closing your eyes, etc. to help make the "changes" in the illustrations on the next pages. So sweet to start with the sunset and go through the things that show it's time for bed in nature. Love the illustrations, too! One of my favorites.

This interactive bedtime story proves nighttime isn't scary at all. The gentle journey from sunset to sunrise shows even the youngest children the magic of the nighttime sky—and lets them make magic happen! A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree. This board book edition is the perfect size for little hands.

How to Catch a Star book
#4
How to Catch a Star
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

How to Catch a Star is a delightful book about a little, unnamed boy who dreams of--you guessed it--catching a star. The book has some great humor, for example, the wishful boy thinks of using his rocket, but that wouldn't work because "it ran out of petrol last Tuesday when he flew to the moon." The boy catches a star in the end, but it's not what readers might expect. I think it's particularly interesting that the boy's name is never given, but that allows readers to substitute their own name into the story--not a bad thing at all.

From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes a story about wishing, persevering, and reaching for the stars. Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn’t work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn’t fly well at all. Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be. Oliver Jeffers offers a simple, childlike tale of reaching for the stars, and emerging with a friend.

There's No Place Like Space book
#5
There's No Place Like Space
Written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.

Light Up the Stars! book
#6
Light Up the Stars!
Written and illustrated by Gabriele Clima
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Paint the sky with rainbows and make the stars shine with this novelty board book! Kids just pull the tabs to make colorful flowers bloom, help a ship sail the ocean, and light up an entire city. At the end, you can shut a boy's eyes to put him to sleep at night . . . and wake him in the morning. It's magical!

Stars book
#7
Stars
Written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Marla Frazee
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

Celebrate all of the glittering stars in the sky in this tender Classic Board Book by acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee! A star is how you know it’s almost night. As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another. And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark. What if you could have a star? Look very closely in this lovely Classic Board Book for all kinds of stars both near and far…because stars are everywhere. Not just in the sky.

Ten Wishing Stars book
#8
Ten Wishing Stars
Written by and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from The Goodfather

This is a clever take on counting sheep before bedtime and wishing upon a star. The rhymes are original, and the wishes of the sheep are sure to make your little reader smile as she or he enjoys this bedtime tale.

Star light, star bright…these wishing sheep will light up your night! Fluff up your pillow and turn down the lights. Counting sheep has never been so illuminating. Count down to bedtime with ten dreamy sheep as they each make a wish on a glow-in-the-dark star. A perfect book to read by nightlight!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star book
#9
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written by and illustrated by Sylvia Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-12
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The illustrations to this classic nursery rhyme are pretty and dreamy, and I love that it shows all the animals getting ready for bed. :)

In this tenderly illustrated edition of the classic rhyme, award-winning artist Sylvia Long touches the hearts of readers yet again. Her detailed watercolors depict a group of animal friends as they make their way home under the night sky to complete their bedtime rituals.

The Big Dipper book
#10
The Big Dipper
Written and illustrated by Franklyn M Branley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

"[This new edition of a book first published in 1962 is] an excellent introduction to the night sky and star gazing. The beauty of this book is its simplicity and the high percentage of success a young reader would have following its directions." —AP.

Zoo in the Sky book
#11
Zoo in the Sky
Written by Jacqueline Mitton and illustrated by Christina Balit
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Shows and describes the animal constellations, including Canis Major and Scorpius the Scorpion, and provides information about some of the more unusual stars that make up the constellations. Reprint.

The Way Back Home book
#12
The Way Back Home
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes an imaginative tale of friendship in a world where what makes us different isn’t nearly as important as what makes us the same. When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: He flies it into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake, its fuel tank on empty. The boy executes a daring landing on the moon . . . but there’s no telling what kind of slimy, slithering, tentacled, fangtoothed monsters lurk in the darkness! (Plus, it’s dark and lonely out there.) Coincidentally, engine trouble has stranded a young Martian on the other side of the moon, and he’s just as frightened and alone. Martian, Earthling—it’s all the same when you’re in need of a friend.

Paris book
#13
Paris
Written and illustrated by Ashley Evanson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introducing Hello, World, an exciting new board book series that pairs early learning concepts with colorful, stylish illustrations of cities around the world. Paris is a treasure trove of fascinating shapes: there are triangles at the Louvre Museum, rectangles at Notre-Dame Cathedral, arches at the Arc de Triomphe, and stars in a beautiful Parisian night sky. Explore shapes all over Paris in this gorgeous board book!

Shine! book
#14
Shine!
Written by Patrick McDonnell and illustrated by Naoko Stoop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A shining new picture book about learning to appreciate the wonders in your world and within yourself, by New York Times bestselling author Patrick McDonnell and Naoko Stoop, creator of Red Knit Cap Girl, a New York Times Best Illustrated book Hoshi the sea star looks up in the sky and sees the stars shining. She wishes that she too could be in the sky amongst the brilliant stars--and as she imagines how much better it would be up in the air, she fails to appreciate the beautiful world that surrounds her underwater. It takes Hoshi's friends, old and new, to help her realize that her shine comes from within. With gorgeous illustrations depicting colorful underwater life, Shine! teaches about the wonders that can be found inside ourselves. Naoko's gorgeous use of plywood as the canvas for her work offers the perfect texture and pattern to evoke waves and sea currents in the underwater scenes.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me book
#15
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it. It isn't easy to climb to the moon, but he finally succeeds -- only to find the moon is too big to carry home. Children will love the joyful way in which this problem is solved. Now available as a Classic Board Book edition, this delightful story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward and upward.

Mommies Are for Counting Stars book
#16
Mommies Are for Counting Stars
Written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A mommy is a special person. She knows just how to kiss a boo-boo to make it feel better and how to do hair-dos. When you need an audience for your puppet show, a mommy will always watch. Lift the flaps and see all the ways a mommy is wonderful. This celebration of mothers is ideal for Mother’s Day and for sharing throughout the year.

Star Stuff book
#17
Star Stuff
Written and illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A biography of Carl Sagan focusing on his childhood and culminating in the Voyager mission and the Golden Record"--Provided by publisher.

The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System book
#18
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle's class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.

Peter and the Starcatchers book
#19
Peter and the Starcatchers
Written by Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry and illustrated by Greg Call
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-16

Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

Peter Pan book
#20
Peter Pan
Written and illustrated by J.M. Barrie
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…

The Star Thief book
#21
The Star Thief
Written by Lindsey Becker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The constellations come to life in this imaginative fantasy adventure debut. Honorine's life as a maid at the Vidalia mansion is rather dull, dusting treasures from faraway places and daydreaming in front of maps of the world. But everything changes when she catches two brutish sailors ransacking Lord Vidalia's study, and then follows a mysterious girl with wings out into the night.... Suddenly, Honorine is whisked into the middle of a battle between the crew of a spectacular steamship and a band of mythical constellations. The stars in the sky have come to life to defend themselves against those who want to harness their powers. Much to her surprise, Honorine is the crux of it all, the center of an epic clash between magic and science, the old ways and the new. But can this spirited young girl bring both sides of a larger-than-life fight together before they unleash an evil power even older than the stars?

Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Star book
#22
Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Star
Written by Justin Krasner and illustrated by Emma Yarlett
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Take an interactive journey through the night sky in an innovative, tactile board book, a special book that engages three senses--seeing, touching, and hearing. With its gorgeous, full-spread illustrations of constellations and beloved bedtime lullaby reimagined, Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Star is the perfect book to rock babies to sleep. Here's Taurus the bull, strong and fast. Cetus the whale, waving a mighty tail. Orion, with bow and arrow in hand. Babies can trace the imaginary lines that turn random stars into ancient constellations--and, in a special treat, create a crinkling sound by tracing the channel of shimmery material underneath the last illustration in the book. That same mysterious, compelling crinkling sound persists when baby and parents hold the book and rub the crinkly material on the back cover.

What We See in the Stars book
#23
What We See in the Stars
Written and illustrated by Kelsey Oseid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

An illustrated guide to the heavens combines the myths, historic significance, and various interpretations of objects seen in the night sky, including the recognized constellations, meteors, eclipses, planets, and moons.

Once Upon a Starry Night book
#24
Once Upon a Starry Night
Written by Jacqueline Mitton and illustrated by Christina Balit
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The follow-up to Zoo in the Sky presents facts about stars, nebulas, galaxies, and constellations and recounts the Greek myths that provide widely-known names for ten constellations, from Andromeda to Pegasus.

Starry Skies book
#25
Starry Skies
Written by Samantha Chagollan and illustrated by Nila Aye
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Every night, the sky is filled with stars that tell a thousand tales. Brave warriors, regal queens, fierce beasts -- they all parade across the starry skies each night. In Starry Skies you’ll discover some of the most famous constellations and learn how to find them in the night sky. With brilliant illustrations by Nila Aye, you will see the shapes of each constellation, and imagine what they might look like when you look up into the dark sky above. This introduction to astronomy is all you need to start learning about stars, so get ready, star hunters, and look to the skies!

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